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Easy to Wed (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 July 1946 (USA)
To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter.

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Edward Buzzell, Buster Keaton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), George Oppenheimer (original story "Libeled Lady") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler
Esther Williams ... Connie Allenbury Chandler
Lucille Ball ... Gladys Benton
Keenan Wynn ... Warren Haggerty
Cecil Kellaway ... J.B. Allenbury
Carlos Ramírez ... Carlos Ramírez
Ben Blue ... Spike Dolan
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith - Organ Player
June Lockhart ... Barbara 'Babs' Norvell
Grant Mitchell ... Homer Henshaw
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Burns Norvell
Paul Harvey ... Curtis Farwood
Jonathan Hale ... Hector Boswell
James Flavin ... Joe
Celia Travers Celia Travers ... Mary, Farwood's Secretary
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The "Morning Star" is in trouble: J.B. Allenbury, rich and mighty, will sue them for 2 million dollars for an article which says that his daughter is chasing after married men. Reporter Bill Chandler is sent after Connie to prove that the story is actually true. The only problem is that he's not married....yet. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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M-G-M's Musical Tug-of-Love in Technicolor! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1946 (USA) See more »

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Casar é Fácil See more »

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Budget:

$1,683,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Treat for the Eyes
27 March 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Okay, I'll try to summarize the storyline. If Homer can prove Connie's a man stealer he'll escape a 2-million dollar lawsuit. So he hires Bill to catch Connie's eye. But Gladys is married to Bill or is it to Warren. Then again, maybe she isn't. But then Bill marries Connie, but Bill's already married or maybe he isn't since no one knows who's divorced whom. Anyway, I give up because the plot's not important, anyhow.

The movie's a visual treat, what with Williams, Johnson, and Ball being at their physical peak. I doubt there were three more beautiful people in Hollywood, especially Williams in a swimsuit. Then too, there's MGM's renowned production values lending the results a Technicolor sheen that makes you want to jump in. And is that really Fidel Castro at poolside (IMDB)! Now with all the physical assets, this musical comedy should be strictly memorable. But unfortunately it's not; as a mc the overall results are entertaining but only average. Director Buzzell fails to give many of the scenes the bounce they need, while the script has too many stretched-out, talky scenes. Together, we see pretty people in pretty places doing sometimes funny things (especially Ball), but without the needed zip, plus a storyline that defies analysis.

Well, that's pretty much the case except for Ball, who shows (surprise, surprise) a lively flair for adding her own comedic bounce. And, if I remember correctly, this was one of her first comedic outings in what, of course, would become a legendary career. And get a load of the array of hats she gets to wear. Some look like they were taken off the New York skyline. Still, that combination of fiery red hair and deep blue eyes is absolutely dazzling.

Anyway, this is the glamour studio MGM at its most glamorous and if the results are less than hoped, the movie's still a visual feast.


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